All sails set on Portchester direction

✍️ Carlo Simone / 📷 Giancarlo Bocchetti | – Bournemouth’s next encounter in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division is an away match against AFC Portchester. The Royals currently sit at 11th place in the league having played four games, whilst the Poppies are just below in 14th after playing six.

When these two teams met last season both managed away wins against each other, with AFC Portchester securing a 1-0 victory back in September 2018, whilst the Poppies came out winners in an eventful game ending 4-2 in January 2019.

From left to right: River Smith, Steve Flynn, Chia Khider and Dominic Falco. Team members of the 2018/19 squad. Photo Archive – Giancarlo Bocchetti

In terms of recent form, AFC Portchester are on a good run with three wins, a draw and a loss in their last five games. Only one of those games was a league match which saw them run out 3-1 winners against Brockenhurst. These results have also seen them progress in the FA Vase by winning away matches against New Milton Town and Hythe & Dibden.

However, they’ve also been knocked out of two other cup competitions. Tadley Calleva overcame them on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup, and AFC Totton beat them 4-1 in the Hampshire Senior Cup.

In comparison, Bournemouth have been less successful with three draws and two defeats. Two of these draws came in cup competitions, as they beat Downtown 6-5 on penalties in the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup but were knocked out by Newport IoW 7-6 on penalties in the Hampshire Senior Cup.

Tyrone Carkeet celebrating the penalty scored against Downton, giving the ticket to the next round of the cup

In the league itself, a 0-0 draw with Hamworthy Utd was sandwiched in between 1-0 home defeats to Baffins Milton Rovers and AFC Stoneham.

AFC Portchester have been scoring goals quite freely this season, with 12 in their last five games, whilst Bournemouth have only managed three in the same amount of time. However, the Poppies have been much better defensively, so the work of the back four will hope to balance out the difficulties in attack against the Royals.

For team news, centre-back Dan Hill returns from injury and striker Jack Voisey is back in the squad after missing the home defeat to AFC Stoneham.

AFC Portchester vs Bournemouth FC will take place at the Wicor Recreation Ground on 21st September 2019 at 3pm